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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

01 March 2013

BRISBANE DEVELOPER SENDS WARNING TO ANYONE CONSIDERING OBJECTING TO THEIR PROPOSALS - BIG MONEY STICK WILL BE USED TO SILENCE EVERYONE INCLUDING EVENTUALLY THE COUNCILS

Smithfield will see an additional shopping area built at MacGregor Road and the Cook Highway as Trinity Park Investments Pty. Ltd., headed by Brisbane developer Steve Pellegrino, has received development approval for the project from Cairns Council this week.

On Thursday, Pellegrino was invited by John MacKenzie to discuss the hugely-scaled-down project, and couldn't resist the invitation to put the boot into the previous council.  However his historical recollections don't track with the facts.  And more disturbingly, Pellegrino has taken a stick to objectors with bare-knuckled threats he issued, that should send a chill thru every resident of Cairns.


Under the Byrne council, work began between Council and property owners in Smithfield to plan a "Smithfield Town Centre".  One of the partners in this work was LHL Investments, owned by Capital Globe Investment group.  Kevin Byrne became executive director with Capital Globe just weeks after losing to Val Schier.  However planning for the project continued under the Schier council, although the usual objectors with businesses nearby were none to happy.  Pellegrino asserted however that the Schier council and "objectors" killed the project.

Actually, the Smithfield Town Centre project died along with the Capital Globe directors who were mysteriously killed execution-style in Pakistan, with no one ever brought to answer.  With Capital Globe then in disarray and Kevin Byrne going into hiding, it was impossible to proceed at that time. 

Steve Pellegrino should thank his lucky stars that the project collapsed - by 2010 it would have been financial suicide to start such a project as the Cairns economy collapsed.  The Schier council and what he called "the greedy traders" saved him from certain bankruptcy.  

So now Pellegrino comes back with a project for only the Trinity Park Investments site and very aggressively issues warnings to anyone who would question the good sense of this project.  The Smithfield Town Plan was on the road to being a winner - it's bullshit that a couple of objections scuttled this plan.  This new plan however is just a grab for development cash.  Another Cairns eyesore in the making. 

A "whisper campaign" conducted prior to the Council vote suggested the site would be used for a Masters Hardware and supermarket (with Masters owned by Woolworths, that would be the only possibility).  Pellegrino backed right away from this suggestion when asked, however and said only that     a convenience market and bulky goods distribution store were on the cards.  

The use of the consultation process by competitors to stall developments isn't fair to the developers, nor the community.  There is plenty wrong with this development without attacking it for competitive reasons.   But Queensland law allows developments to be challenged for a wide variety of reasons, and now that we have a Council that is green-lighting over-development, people are going to attack it.

This Trinity Park project is classic Cairns overdevelopment.  Instead of finding a use that can be accommodated in this triangular-shaped block, Pellegrino has jammed 19,000 square meters of rectangular floorspace into a block that clearly cannot accommodate it without gross impacts on the neighbourhood.  One only needs to look around the city to see the results of a development strategy that continues to build too-large projects on too-small sites.  The primary impact is the lack of car parks.  On this Smithfield development, the 600 car parks include over 200 inaccessible to the store entrances, shoved helter skelter behind the rectangular boxes.  Inadequate loading areas mean big trucks clogging the parking areas.  A similar project anchored by a Masters and Woolworths at Mt. Gambier, SA has almost 1200 car parks - and they're not hidden behind the buildings, either.  Smithfield Centre is so grossly short of carparks that they're often overflowing into the Cook Highway buffer strip, and THEY have a proposal to increase the size of this poorly-designed mall!   
JUST 200m AWAY, BUSINESSES WITH INADQUATE
PARKING FLOOD THE ROAD RESERVE
WITH CARS THAT HAVE NO PLACE TO GO
The same is true right across the city - Stanton Road, Cairns North at Lily Street, Spotlight, Good Guys, shops on Anderson Street.  Bunnings Smithfield is routinely short of carparks, and yet this Council has now allowed more retail to be constructed adjacent to the overloaded carpark. We all know these places.  And with the parking requirements relaxed under now City Manager Peter Tabulo's time in development, we're seeing the return of all these neighbourhood-unfriendly projects.  

During this same Council meeting they approved an expansion of the Trinity Beach Coastwatcher Centre without an appropriate expansion of carparks.  As noted by the neighbourhood, cars are already parking illegally around this centre.  This approval means a bigger flood of cars into residential streets.

Developers need to have a Cairns Plan that encourages the right thing.  We don't have that.  And now we have a so-called "pro-development" Council that's rubber stamping any old crap.  No wonder the "Steve Pellegrino's" are back!

Bob "Sleepy" Manning's response?  "Providing the scheme is compliant, the Council is bound to it".  Hey Bob, the planning scheme is the problem!  You're just kicking the can down the road, approving shit.

After acknowledging the right for Nick Loukas or others to block the development for court review, Pelligrino then brings out the big hammer - claiming that "under the new Campbell Newman administration, I am able to sue for a vexatious appeal, which we, we'll consider that, and I'll certainly be taking that opportunity up if they do appeal".

For over 20 years, the "own costs" rule has allowed the little guy, aggrieved neighbourhoods, and others to access the courts and get avoid getting run over by the developers.  A change in this law shows that the developers with the big pockets are now going to stifle public opinion via the courts and their use of the court process.  


It's a dark day for Cairns development.



41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shortsighted local voters believed Bob 'I have no spine' Manning and his band of dick lickers would take Cairns into the future. One of his speeches post election was that Cairns needed to go back to the basics.

Go back.

Back.

Get a spine Manning and take the city forward, resign.

Anonymous said...

Does Byrne still have an interest in LHL Investments?

Tony Hillier said...

Never mind about developers seemingly being accorded carte blanche by local government, it's a dark day for Queensland per se, with former federal treasurer Costello's Commission of Audit report inciting the Newman Government to flog off the state's assets: http://www.couriermail.com.au
Didn't privatisation play a part in the downfall of Bligh's Labor government?

Anonymous said...

Sadly ironic that council continues to demand the gordonvale Woolworths proposal gets scaled down to nothing more than a corner store. With Brett Moller being the driving force behind the fight against the project on behalf of the council, then he gets The job Manning vacated to be mayor. Gotta love Politics.

Catslave said...

Isn't Coastwatcher at Trinity Beach owned by Bob Norman - yes he of the Hospital jobs cuts fame. Looks like favours for mates to me.

Anonymous said...

We need more supermarkets, more massive hardware stores, more liquor and junk food outlets and more pokies !! If only someone would come up with a new concept instead of yet another concrete box with the same old boring shops, belonging to the same duopoly as everywhere else plus a few same-same franchises thrown in.

Smithfield Sam said...

And you'll notice none of this parking has any cover. That's what happens when we let "mexicans" do our developments.

D.J.HUNT said...

Catslave may be interested to know that Mr Bob Norman was present when this vote was held at CRC. However chairperson of the Cairns Hospital Board, Bob Norman, was not present on the same day, not long afterwards at the meeting of Hospital staff and community members impacted by the cuts of his board/Govt.

Anonymous said...

Well we won't behearing much about this in the Townsville Post as Rupert sacks even more workers in its Cairns outpost today.

shanghai said...

there should be no new development for retail in cairns for at least 10 years theres already too much retail space in cns as is i think we should build up the cbd area thats dead space no more extra sewerage lines no more extra roads schools in place make the cbd bike friendly no more car spaces make it pedestrian friendly and if the new aqauriam cant get a world class attraction like a great white shark or a whale shark aka oskasa aqauriam forget it thats all we need is white elephant in the cbd give it back to the bats

jim-bob snr said...

Tony Hillier, a very convenient report by Costello, recommending a wholesale of state assets. Now wasn't that the reason why Queensanders voted out the Bligh Government? Amazing isn't it, Queenslanders trot down to the polls in a state of rage, and wipe out the Labor Party for daring to sell off a few state assets. So then the new LNP government decides to really to big and generous and sell off a whole big swathe of them including privatisation of our free hospital scheme. Good one Queenslanders. You've demonstrated you're all as naive and trusting as babies or as dumb as dog turds. Make your pick.

Anonymous said...

"naive and trusting as babies or as dumb as dog turds. Make your pick". Both! This is what most Queenslanders want. They voted for it and now we have to live with it. Then they did it again with our local council and useless Mayor Manning. Proud to be a Queenslander? Parochialism writ large.

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai, 10 years in the aqauriam with elephants in Osaka, and it will take 10 years to find a road to lead you to a parking space and the bats are friendly to pedestrians, and a big white shark will ride a bike in the cbd, and people are friendly in sewerage lines.

Anonymous said...

The white shoe brigade are back in Queensland. Also overseas corporate health interests are slavering over getting their money grubbing greasy hands on our free hospital system. Bastards! The Newman LNP Government have perpetuated the greatest deceit ever in Australian history with their lies and their rat-cunning to get themselves the biggest majority ever so they can do whatever they want. Bastards! The LNP are as slimy as maggotts in a shit can. Our free hospital system is going. Do people understand what this means? Jesus bloody Christ, it means if you're in a car accident and smashed up, the hospitalisation could cost you your house and everything you own. And if you get cancer, you might not be able to pay for your treatment, like the Americans can't. And here people are whinging like Christ over their fucken house insurance premiums! Wait until they see what a stint in hospital is going to cost you. What a fucken nightmare. Queenslanders have been taken for the ride of their fucken lives, conned out of free hospital care. Yeah who the fuck is proud to be a Queenslander these days. Biggest fools in Australia. Yeah all run down on election day and vote for Abbott. He's going to abolish Medicare for you all, so you can all pay outrageous health insurance premiums if you can still afford them.

Anonymous said...

It was said after the last election that it will be "back to Joe days" and how true that statement is proving. If you haven't lived under Joe and his corrupt white shoe brigade, you will now know what it was like. "God help Queenslanders, because Newman and the LNP wont".

Anonymous said...

22:52 why the fuck as a tax payer should i be responsable for your fucken health, if your stupid enough to have a car accident and have no insurance, us tax payers are sick off paying for you bludgers. Going by how you are having a go at us that have to pay high House insurances you are one of those that like the Labor party because of all the hand outs.

Bob R. said...

Anonymous, you just proved that like most LNP voters you have the heart the size of a bee's dick. You're going to let little kids die of leukaemia and cancers and all sort of terrible things because you're "sick of paying for bludgers." Says it all doesnt it.

Seth said...

No question, the white shoe brigade is back and old Grandad Manning's statement the other day about not giving a shit whether the developer is a shonky or not has opened the doors up again to Byrne style open slather get-rich-quick build anything development. Can everyone remember Udo's disgraceful development at Clifton Beach??? Here we go again....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that little observation D J Hunt on Bob Norman. Demonstrates just where Bob Norman's real sympathies lie, doesn't it? Only where he can make more money, not peoples lives. And someone like this is on our Hospital Board??? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Ed in Edge HIll said...

Two interesting side stories on Bob Norman that I've heard on several occasions (one of them was mailed around during the last Chamber election that saw former Chamber chair Norman trounced).

• Bob Norman and his wife opened the first two Cold Rocks ice cream shops in Cairns - one in Shields - a retail space adjacent to the Cairns Gallery that he owns, and another in Grafton Street and Shields. They both opened and failed very quickly, the one near the Esplanade in about nine months. He often said to people that "this was a dud location, no one could make a go there". It's now the location of Dolce & Caffe, maybe the busiest coffee shop in Cairns.

• Years ago, Norman was overheard talking to a bank teller about a trip he made to Sydney, where he purchased an expensive Rolex watch and "saved heaps" from buying it in Cairns.

As I said these are the kind of stories that people talk about in small towns. True? YMMV.

Anonymous said...

Oh bitchy bitchy Ed (or is that Edwina?) from Edge Hill.
I'd call you Ed Whinger .. haha.
Didn't you see the great plans in yesterdays Cairns Post for a smarter looking city.
Better spend than on some hardly frequented grandiose culture hall built on riverbank mud inbetween working wharfs!

Anonymous said...

Obviously Anonymous 22:52 the taxpayers who funded your education wasted their money.

Ivor said...

To all Queensland Union Leaders,Anna Bligh wasn't to shabby ey.Dickheads

Anonymous said...

Cairns has always been run by a small group of rich dickheads proving there is no link between intelligence and wealth.

We have a 'performance based planning scheme' so anyone can propose anything regardless of the Cairns Plan.

Anonymous said...

King is currently on the Mackenzie Show talking about revitalisation of the CBD.

Anonymous said...

So he has drawn himself away from his love affair with channel 7...that should be someone at channel 7

Anonymous said...

Why don't LNP supporters get their comments published on this site?

John S. said...

The white shoe brigade is back when developers like this start crowing they can do what they want. Bloody marvellous isn't it. It wont be long before people start whining that there is a 20 floor block of piddly sized units going right up against their boundary line on one side and a motel slap bang up against the boundary line on the other side etc etc Here we go again.

ruby said...

You have to wonder whether three large shopping centres in such close proximity would be financially feasible? Someone is going to miss out on the shoppers.

Anonymous said...

Why don't LNP supporters get their comments published on this site? Try one of your own ilk if you aren't happy here. Raj has a blog and Werner has one too and of course you could also have a deep and meaningful with McKenzie and his handful of luvvies. Or even try Gavin Kings's facebook page.He really needs friends. Horses for courses - there is a plethora of of LNP loopies to suit your needs.

Anonymous said...

Hey LNP supporter.

"Why don't LNP supporters get their comments published on this site?
4/3/13 21:26"

Post something very intelligent like Shanghai (and her monkeys) do, and it will get published.
Very perculiar and strange censorship on this blog site.
HBW and his/her supporters constantly moan about Macca's censorship but can't help themselves when deciding what's allowed on this site.

In the words of Bob R - "fucken" hypocrites.

I bet this wont get published.

Jethro said...

Anonymous 19.00, if you take the time to read the description of this blog at the top of the page, viz:
"Satirical analysis of Cairns bigot and loudmouth, John Cueball Mackenzie and his cronies like .....Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King.....".
This is what this blog is about. Henceforth of course it has attracted those of us who aren't partial to either rugnut or Blingy. If you feel out of sorts and deprived, then hunt off to Raj's blog or post on King's facebook site, better still phone Nanny rugnut and have a cry and a whinge.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1900

How much did you bet and who with?

shanghai said...

yeah hbw let the lnp have their say it doesnt matter because we will smash them anyway u cant wear tweedcoats with elbow patches here in the tropics

A friend of the Ukulele said...

Anon 19.00, it was because of your dear old chinaplate "Macca" that this blog was set up, as Jethro above said, and henceforth attracted us followers. It was your matey mate maaaaate "Macca" who waged the most ruthless, vindictive, spiteful hate campaign ever seen here in Cairns againt the former mayor, Val Schier. Nobody in this area had ever heard or seen such a poisonous, aggressive hate campaign like that ever. It was the hate campaign of all hate campaigns, and obviously put in place with the objective that Schier would get scared and resign, allowing one Kev Byrne to come sailing back. The hate campaign was relentless as Schier proved she did not scare easily, so was then joined in with obvious great gusto and glee by Gavin King. Both of these two went to the very extremes of vindictiveness, even pillorying and mocking Cairns musicians when they came up with an idea to garner a niche tourist market with the idea of a Ukulele Festival. It was beyond the pale and beyond what anyone would ever dare say was acceptable, sane behaviour. Mackenzie in particular would rant about ukuleles on his program with his voice thick and ugly with contempt, like he was insane. A little musical instrument for Christ's sakes! What NORMAL person mocks a musical instrument?? Ask yourself that.
Many of us therefore were more than shocked, we were disgusted and turned off completely , so when HBW started up, we were delighted.

ruby said...

Well said, friend of the ukulele. Mackenzie and King's hate campaigns against the ukulele was the lowest point in the history of Cairns to my knowledge. They incited and exhorted the ugly rednecks to come out with abuse and menacing threats and both took great satisfaction and delight in it. A humble little musical instrument! A humble, simple instrument easy to learn for children wanting to move up onto the guitars. Yet the ranting, the raving, the poisonous diatribe which spewed from Mackenzie and King was just insane. Mackenzie and King garnered the ugly, narrow minded, belligerent hillbilly element in the city and played them like puppets. It was ugly, ugly, ugly and completely unforgiveable. I know of two ladies who also had ideas to appeal to the tourist "niche" market who just backed away from speaking publicly of their ideas because they feared the hate and scorn campaign which Mackenzie and King would have turned on against their ideas. Hooray for HBW!!

Anonymous said...

Well stated above (06:52)! They were disgusting years of mysogynist hate spewing forth day after day. Who listens to that crap radio show? People like pisswit Peter from Smithfield? Fuckwit Phil from Mt Sheriden? Pearly Necklace from Wangetti? Silver beet from the oxygen deprived heights of Park Ridge? Creepy Clem from Koah? The fat cabby and his good mate Raj? Tenni the living corpse? That's about it....

Anonymous said...

Back to this new development at Smithfield. Watch the developer whinge and whine in a couple of years when he can't fill up the centre and he has vacant shop spaces everywhere. For chrissakes this will make the fourth shopping centre in the area.

Anonymous said...

LNP members can post sycophantic messages on King's FaceBook where you will be warmly embraced by all the other LNP suckholes for agreeing with all the misinformation and propaganda that is put out there day after day. People who disagree with the official LNP "vision" are not welcome.

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai, something about you smashed your elbow and you wear patches in the tropics, and the LNP are turncoats.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Douglas Shire folk for returning their local government decision-making. The paradox is the previous ALP were the cause of amalgamation, but the incumbent LNP appose de-amalgamation. As for the Tablelands result, it was academic. Let the Mareeba cowboys do their thang with Mick playing the banjo.